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How to experience the longest night of the year Spanish style!

San Juan 2015Noche de San Juan is the night of 23rd June – the longest night of the year, and is celebrated in style in on the Costa del Sol. There are parties on the beach where everyone builds bonfires, or barbecues, hangs out with friends and parties until midnight when it’s time for the rituals of running into the sea and jumping over the fires. The whole idea is to purify and have a lot of fun.



Where to spend San Juan

There’s stuff going on all along the Costa del Sol, but here are some highlights for organized activities:

If you’re in holidaying in Marbella they light bonfires on the beach (Playa de la Fontanilla) and the beachfront chiringuitos are packed with revellers enjoying special set menus. We recommend La Red and Europa for their location and amazing atmosphere.  Booking is essential!

If you are around Elviria then Nikki Beach holds a super glamorous San Juan party at their legendary beach club, with entertainment. This is not a cheap option, but will certainly be one to remember

If you are renting a holiday apartment in Duquesa on the Western Costa del Sol, they hold an incredible party in Sabinillas on the beach with a mega bonfire/statue that is a work of art and looks too good to burn. Thousands of people descend on to the beach, there are rides and stalls and live music – it’s really worth a visit

 If you’re lucky enough to be on holiday anywhere on the Costa del Sol on the 23rd June and want to make your own party, here are a few tips to making the most of this special night like the locals –

  1. Get a group of friends together (Spanish only operate in crowds)
  2. Buy beers, wine, snacks, easy things to cook and a disposable barbecue (plus take some spare clothes with you, you’ll see why later)
  3. Take everything but the kitchen-sink – The Spanish come to the beach with gazebos, tables and chairs, enough food to feed the world and more (I’ve even seen a portable generator for light) so don’t be afraid to take a lot of stuff!
  4. Head down to your nearest beach around 9pm
  5. Set up camp in a good spot – have a look around to see if there are any bonfires on your stretch of beach, as this is always the centre of the action
  6. Don’t sit too close to the fires – there is no health a safety in place and the fires burn seriously hot
  7. Make a small fire and at midnight run round it three times, jump over it and then run backwards into the sea and be purified (it’s very funny no matter what happens)

Enjoy this wonderful Costa del Sol tradition however you choose to spend it! Let us know if you’d like to book a last minute holiday apartment near all the action, there’s still some availability.